Sept. 19, 1985: A magnitude-8.1 earthquake and two large aftershocks kill an estimated 10,000 people in Mexico City.
Sept. 19, 1995: The Washington Post publishes an eight-page supplement with the environmental “manifesto” of the Unabomber, who is linked to three deaths and 23 injuries over a 20-year spree of bombings. The Unabomber had promised to stop the bombings against perceived environmental villains if his essay was published. Reclusive ex-university professor Ted Kaczynski is arrested for the bombings and sentenced to four consecutive life terms.
Sept. 19, 2002: Government-ordered diversion of water from Oregon’s Klamath River (at right) for irrigation results in the deaths of tens of thousands of salmon.
Sept. 19, 2007: Revelations of shady land deals in the wake of catastrophic wildfires touches off a political scandal in Greece. As part of a recovery plan after fires claimed 67 lives and destroyed forests in the Peleponnese region, developers were given the green light to build in or next to environmentally sensitive forest areas as well as on a beach that is a nursery for endangered loggerhead turtles.
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